The weather feels like it really turned in the last week from kinda cool sometimes to oh-my-god-I-need-to-find-my-winter-coat cold. I grew up in Vermont where we had to plan our Halloween costumes around the possibility of snow, so I realize that it may be absurd to think of 50 degrees Fahrenheit as cold, but what can I say? After 20 years in the Bay Area I have truly become a Californian.
Besides sending me into my closet for winter coats and hats, this weather really makes me want to eat – mostly root vegetables, squashes, and soups. I found this awesome recipe the other day for Carrot Ginger Soup and made it for dinner last night. It was SO GOOD and just what I wanted. Also, just what the Chinese medicine doctor in me would order for winter.
Carrots, ginger, onion, and garlic all have warming effects on the body and ginger is particularly good for digestion, especially when it is cold out. Soups are ideal also because they are easy to digest, which gives your body more energy for other things.
This recipe could also be easily adjusted to your taste. I used chicken stock instead of the vegetable stock they recommend. I’ve also made a similar soup in the past using cumin and coriander as additional spices.
If you try it out and let me know how it goes. And please share your favorite cold weather recipes with me – I love to try new things in the kitchen!